Lakshman is a highly experienced Biologist and Pharmacologist with over 20 years of post-Ph.D. experience in Academia, Big Pharma, Pharma Start-ups and CROs in the United States and India. Before joining GVK BIO, he was instrumental in building the Discovery – Biology Services department at Sai Life Sciences, Pune from the ground-up and providing valuable drug discovery support for a global network of clients. During his tenure, he also contributed in crucial business development and program management roles to recruit new clients and to help existing clients achieve their critical milestones. Prior to Sai Life Sciences, Lakshman worked in a start-up environment at ARTA Biosciences USA, where he helped the company obtain its seed funding and managed all aspects of its internal drug discovery programs and outsourcing needs. Lakshman started his industry career with Pfizer Inc. USA, where he spent 11 years and demonstrated success in leading cross-functional drug discovery teams involved in all aspects of drug discovery from early inception to lead optimization and clinical candidate selection. He has a broad inflammation-based disease area expertise across Autoimmune, Respiratory, Fibrotic and Neuro-inflammatory diseases. Lakshman obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and MSc in Organic Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He has several peer-reviewed scientific publications to his credit.